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Love From A to Z: 06/03/19

Love From A to Z

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali is a YA romance set in Doha, Qatar. The A is Adam, a Canadian born resident returning home after dropping out of university. The Z is Zayneb, a high schooler sent early to her aunt's after being suspended from school because her social science teacher is a xenophobe with an agenda, one that the administration seems willing to overlook.

Besides traveling at low points in their lives, they share a love of The Marvels of Creation and the Oddities of Existence. Both have been keeping their own marvels and oddities journals.

Their first meeting is in Heathrow as they are waiting for the same connecting flight. See the cover for the set up. It's one of those chance meetings that has everlasting ripples.

While most of the book is written in alternating points of view, there are interludes where the narrator takes over. These pauses in the narrative help to set the larger stage. It's like having a reassuring auntie holding your hand to tell you everything will be alright when it seems all is lost.

Although the overall result of the novel is a happy ending, it is an emotional rollercoaster. These two protagonists are well crafted, believable characters who you will quickly come to love. You'll worry for them. You'll cheer for them.

Five stars

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